The Altar of Convenience

I admit I sacrifice quality for convenience more than I should.

Example: 6 years ago I received a 500 dollar DSLR camera for my birthday. The first few years I wore that thing out and loved it. Then came the iphone. Slowly but surely my camera was replaced. It wasn’t replaced by something better it was replaced by something more convenient. In my pictures I can see what I have sacrificed. Don’t try and blow those things up to big, it just aint gonna happen.
The thing about convenience is at first it doesn’t feel like I’m sacrificing or compromising anything. It feels like a BLESSING.

“Oh this is so great, it’s so easy and convenient! This will simplify my life!”

And sometimes it is just great,….. but I think we need to be careful because sometimes we begin to lose the quality of precious things.

When I discovered YouVersion it changed my quiet time. I could have my Bible on me at all times, read in every translation known to man, and have scripture and Bible plans fed to me. It is truly amazing. My Bible though, it started to get a little dusty. After reading the book Women of the Word and feeling inspired to REALLY study my Bible (for probably the first time in my life) I brought it down off the shelf. I also opened the NIV study Bible my dad gave me last year, along with a college ruled spiral notebook and a gigantic old red dictionary. Now that’s QUALITY. 😉 Seriously, when was the last time I read from an actual dictionary? I am a huge MW.com fan though. I have been reminded of how sacred our Bible is. There is something special about gently turning through those thin gold lined pages. Making highlights and notes in the Bible I was given as a young lady. Seeing and being reminded of verses that God brought to my attention years past. As much as I love it that’s just something YouVersion can’t provide. My quiet times have been more alive to me for some reason these last few weeks. It had me wondering if I was sacrificing quality for convenience. Especially considering how frequently I relied on the VOD alone to be sufficient for the entire day.

Quality or Convenience: It’s almost like passing up a 3 course steak meal at my parents for Mcdonalds if you get my drift. Okay, maybe not McDonalds, how bout Chickfila. 😉

You know when all this hit me? This evening I did something I’ve been making excuses not to do since we moved here; at the altar of convenience. I have wanted to eat dinner at our dining table. I grew up sitting together as a family, serving ourselves from separate dishes, eating and talking. It was a whole relational experience and I have a ton of good memories with my family because of it. We have a big island in our kitchen that has 3 chairs at one end. It is right in front of our stove so it has always just been EASIER to plate the kids up, sit them at the island and Jason and I stand around it. It’s easier for executing dinner and easier for clean-up. We are still together…. Inhaling our food not really getting in deep conversation. So tonight I chucked all my convenient excuses out the window. I took my pretty decorations off my table, called Micaila in to set it, and started pulling out serving dishes to fill.

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And I realized I have been sacrificing so much quality time with my family for the sake of convenience. It was more relaxing, made for better conversation, and truly very precious moments. It was wonderful and totally worth the extra effort and every extra dirty dish.

If anybody loves convenience it is me. I mean seriously I catch myself all the time uttering those words “aint nobody got time for that!” I have to remember that I can make time for what is important to me. And I don’t want convenience to rule over quality. God has never sacrificed quality on my behalf and I am desperate to become more like him.

So here’s to quality!

And with that said I present to you just a few more random quality moments from my quality camera. Teehee. 😉

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